Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 4)

THE GRAND TOUR by Rich Kienzle
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 29, 2016

"The expanding country bookshelf has another welcome addition."
A solid, incisive biography of the last singer universally acknowledged as the greatest in country music. Read full book review >
STEALING GAMES by Maury Klein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 22, 2016

"A lively, absorbing retelling of a great episode in the history of America's iconic pastime, one that modern coaches would do very well to study."
The rise and glorious moment in the sun of the 1911 New York Giants, widely considered one of the best lineups in baseball history. Read full book review >

THE CAPED CRUSADE by Glen Weldon
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 22, 2016

"An enthusiastic, immersive, entertaining guide for both die-hard Batfans and curious onlookers."
A passionate, precise documentation of Batman's legacy and enduring popularity among "nerds and normals alike." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2016

"Much of this ground has otherwise been covered, and better, in Greil Marcus' Invisible Republic (1997). Still, fans of 1960s and '70s rock and music history buffs will find this a pleasure."
Veteran music writer Hoskyns (Led Zeppelin: The Oral History of the World's Greatest Rock Band, 2012, etc.) peels back the layers of a musical Shangri-La that has plenty of dark corners.Read full book review >
WE ARE ALL CANNIBALS by Claude Lévi-Strauss
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 15, 2016

"Though representing a tradition that is now considered old-fashioned, Lévi-Strauss was quite the revolutionary in his day. These varied, smart pieces show why."
Previously ungathered pieces by the eminent French anthropologist, all addressing in some way the vexing question of relativism. Read full book review >

MISS FORTUNE by Lauren Weedman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2016

"An intelligent, hilarious, and bittersweet collection."
The TV and stage actress turns the messes of her life into fodder for this winning essay collection. Read full book review >
MY BRAIN ON FIRE by Leonard Pitt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 8, 2016

"From start to finish, Pitt's memoir is a lively autodidactic romp through a life well-lived in both mind and body."
A theater actor's memoir of a life and way of thinking permanently altered by the seven years he spent as a young man living in 1960s Paris. Read full book review >
BACK FROM THE DEAD by Bill Walton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 8, 2016

"One of the NBA's 50 greatest players scores another basket—a deeply personal one."
A basketball legend reflects on his life in the game and a life lived in the "nightmare of endlessly repetitive and constant pain, agony, and guilt." Read full book review >
THE SELLING OF THE BABE by Glenn Stout
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 8, 2016

"Baseball history is full of hoary legends. Stout deftly challenges one of the game's biggest."
Separating myth from truth in the most infamous trade in baseball history. Read full book review >
NEW YORK'S YIDDISH THEATER by Edna Nahshon
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 8, 2016

"A witty and absorbing demonstration of the interplay of minority and mainstream—with the minority culture here being of outsize influence over the larger culture of Broadway, Hollywood, and America."
Take my wife…please! Nahshon (Theater/Jewish Theological Seminary) charts a transformative artistic lineage from the shtetl to Broadway, the Borscht Belt, and beyond. Read full book review >
THE KING AND QUEEN OF MALIBU by David K. Randall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 2, 2016

"An engaging story about wealth, entitlement, property rights, change, loss, and pain."
A swift account of the history of Malibu, "a rugged ranch in the middle of nowhere" that became "a global symbol of fame and fortune." Read full book review >
ABOVE THE LINE by Shirley MacLaine
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2016

"MacLaine is wickedly honest about moviemaking, sincere and enthusiastic in describing her beliefs, and welcoming in the skepticism of others—it's all refreshing and fun."
The award-winning actress reflects on her latest film and her previous life. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 6, 2016

Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself; while Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million. But behind the beautiful façade lay a crumbling foundation. As their fortune dissolved in little over a decade, the family was torn apart internally by divorce and one family member's drug bust; disagreements over the management of the business; and disputes over the remaining money they possessed. “The author’s family might have successfully burned through a massive fortune, but they squandered a lot more than that,” our reviewer writes about Stroh’s debut memoir, Beer Money. “A sorrowful, eye-opening examination of familial dysfunction.” View video >